Best Off-Highway Drives in Oregon

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Cooper Spur, Mount Hood


This road leads to the highest hiking trail on Mt. Hood, Oregon’s highest peak. It also features two campgrounds, an old lodge, many other trailheads, and a close-up view of the Eliot Glacier. Moderat…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Hood River, OR - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 27 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#2. Little North Santiam, Opal Lake


This is one of Oregon’s most consistently surprising scenic roads, with incredibly beautiful streams, waterfalls, lakes, mountain meadows, trailheads, and alpine vistas. Easy to moderate gravel road.…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Mill City, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 37.2 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#3. Badger Lake


A primitive road, with wilderness on either side, leading to a gorgeous glacial cirque lake. Many trails and side trips. The last 6 miles are narrow, very slow, and contain multiple rocks and ruts; th…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Government Camp, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 54.6 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Valsetz


This is an interesting and pleasant drive, mostly through intensively managed industrial forest land. The drive includes a visit to the site of an abandoned town and a defunct reservoir in a wide vall…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Dallas, OR - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 20 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Antelope (Hart Mountain) Hot Springs


A high-elevation, primitive hot spring located in the center of the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Situated near the head of Rock Creek in an aspen-dotted meadow, Antelope Hot Springs is a re…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Plush, OR - Off-Highway Drives, Scenic Drives
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Crack-in-the-Ground


A remarkable 2-mile-long fissure in the central Oregon lava plateau. The road leads to a fire lookout. On an easy, wide, mostly level, gravel road. Arrow-straight for the first 4 miles, then a little…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Christmas Valley, OR - Off-Highway Drives - 28 miles
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#7. Alvord Desert


Highlights include a low desert along the base of the steep side of the Steens Mountains, with a close-up view of the dramatic 3-mile rise of the Steens from 4,600 feet to 9,773 feet. This trip take…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Fields, OR - Off-Highway Drives - 64 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Elk Lake


Highlights include a challenging road, a lovely lake, and trailheads into one of Oregon’s most underrated wilderness areas. The Elk Lake Road is purposely kept to a low standard of maintenance to disc…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Detroit, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 14.8 miles
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#9. High Rock Road


A beautiful drive along the mountain crest that lies between the North Fork Clackamas River and the Roaringiver. The road skirts the southern boundary of the Salmon- Huckleberry Wilderness before it t…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Estacada, OR - Climbing, Off-Highway Drives - 25.8 miles
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#10. Succor Creek, Leslie Gulch


Highlights include Succor Creek, a remote and beautiful desert canyon; Leslie Gulch, another canyon marked by towering redrock spires; and the upper end of Owyhee Reservoir, a spectacular rock gorge.…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Nyssa, OR - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 88 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. South Fork John Day River


A pleasant backcountry drive along a Wild and Scenic River canyon, truly emerging in the middle of nowhere on an easy, wide gravel road. This is an easy and charming little drive that will get you of…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Dayville, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 31 miles
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#12. Owyhee Canyon, Three Forks


Highlights include the Owyhee Canyon and the confluence of the main, Middle, and North Forks of the Wild and Scenic Owyhee River. Easy-to-moderate for 32 miles, then moderate-to-difficult for 1.5 mile…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Jordan Valley, OR - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 71 miles
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#13. Rock Lakes, Frazier Turnaround


Highlights include High Rock, an impressive outcrop. Frazier Turnaround, while difficult to reach, is very pretty and very remote. There is a short trail to beautiful Middle Rock Lake. The road is ver…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Government Camp, OR - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 10.6 miles
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#14. Golden and Silver Falls


Highlights include two of the most beautiful, unusual waterfalls on Heaven or Earth. The drive up the Millicoma River Valley is also very scenic. Easy, though a little washboarded and possibly muddy t…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Allegany, OR - Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 48 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#15. Sourdough Camp


At the end of a long, bone-jarring, amazingly scenic road, is a spectacular river confluence in one of Oregon’s most remote locations. The road is steep only in a few spots, but it’s rocky, rutted, an…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
O'Brien, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 52 miles
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#16. Molalla Canyon, Table Rock


Highlights include Molalla River Recreation Area and Table Rock. Until recently, Table Rock was Oregon’s only Wilderness Area managed entirely by the BLM. A mostly level, wide gravel road along a rive…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Woodburn, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 44 miles
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#17. Agness, Powers, Coquille Falls


This route explores the famous lower Rogue River canyon from the Oregon coast end, then heads over the mountains to the waterfall-lined South Fork Coquille River. Long, winding, and slow. Mostly two-…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Gold Beach, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 59 miles
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#18. North Siuslaw River


A beautiful drive along the North Fork of the Siuslaw River tidal flats, then up a densely forested mountain and along a ridge that runs above the Rock Creek Wilderness. The road emerges on the coast…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Eugene, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 36.5 miles
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#19. Bohemia Mountain


A beautiful drive along the Row River, Brice Creek, Noonday Ridge, and Sharps Creek. A stupendous panorama of the high peaks of the Central Cascades seen from Fairview Lookout, Bohemia Mountain, and t…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Cottage Grove, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 59 miles
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#20. Skyline Road, Breitenbush Lake


A very challenging road with a magnificent trailhead area for the Pacific Crest Trail, which leads north into the Olallie Lakes area and south to Mt. Jefferson, Oregon’s second highest peak. Terrifi…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Detroit, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 14.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press